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Fresno City Council Race, District 3 Controversy

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By Norma Yuriar

Fresno, Calif.  (KMPH News) -- The Fresno County Clerk has confirmed there is an investigation into possible voter fraud against the campaign of Fresno City Council District 3 candidate Mike Briggs.

Investigators with the Fresno County Sheriff's Department are responding to allegations regarding paid voters by the Briggs Campaign.

Briggs supporter and Medical–Marijuana Clinic Owner Rick Morse said he gave a group of homeless people a ride to Lincoln Elementary in Fresno, but he never offered to buy them a meal in exchange for their vote.

"It's all a big misunderstanding," Morse said.

Briggs tells KMPH news he had nothing to do with what happened at the polling place in question.

"I went over there and investigated myself and found that in fact election workers were breaking the rules, demanding I–D's," Briggs said.  "I hope you all voted.  I'm sure none of you had to present an I–D when you voted.  And there's a lot of stuff going on in that precinct, that by the time the end of it is done we find that everybody that deserved to vote got to vote."

Fresno County Clerk Victor Salazar said the results of the investigation could be made public as early as Wednesday.

As of 11pm Brigg and opponent Oliver Baines were the front runners in the District 3 race for a seat in the Fresno City Council.  Someone in the race must get 50% of the vote, plus one additional vote to be declared the winner.  If no one gets that majority vote, a runoff happens in November.

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